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China Proposes Billion-Dollar Revamp of the Legendary Tazara Railway

The competition between the United States and China to refurbish some of Africa's decrepit railways intensified this week when the Chinese government presented a billion-dollar proposal to rebuild the Tazara railway linking Zambia's copperbelt to the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam. ...

Dar es Salaam and Shaanxi Now Sister Regions

China’s Shaanxi Province signed an agreement with Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam district to explore joint investment opportunities. The agreement further underlines a key trend in Africa-China relations: the growing role of Chinese provinces in driving Chinese trade and investment in Africa. Sister ...

Inside the Chinese-Built Party School in Tanzania

When Tanzania’s Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Leadership School, which was built and financed by China was launched in 2022, it drew a lot of attention. It's an academy aimed at training officials from Southern Africa’s six ruling liberation movements, a group ...

Truckers Strike Paralyzes Chinese Copper/Cobalt Shipments From the DR Congo

Truckers in the DR Congo have brought the all-important copper and cobalt trade to a standstill over their refusal to drive unless logistics firms pay an additional $700 risk allowance fee. The strike that began late last month has now ...

Zambia, DRC to Build New Road to Expedite Copper/Cobalt Exports Via Tanzania

Zambia's Hakainde Hichilema and the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Félix Tshisekedi laid the foundation stone for a new 345-meter bridge over the Luapula River that divides their two countries as part of an ambitious new road project that will make it a lot easier to transport copper ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

New “Chinese Savior” Medical Drama Set in Africa Now Streaming

A new big-budget Chinese medical drama set in a fictitious African country was released this week on major Chinese streaming platforms, the latest installment in the burgeoning genre of "Chinese savior" narratives. "Welcome to Milele Village" is a series that focuses ...

TRANSLATION: Africa Is Not Paradise for Chinese Bosses

There’s been a recent flurry of posts on WeChat from various accounts in different countries that tout the enormous opportunities available for Chinese entrepreneurs on the continent. Some of these accounts are either directly or indirectly affiliated with various Chinese government agencies and appear intended to encourage ...

An Unforgettable Journey on East Africa’s Chinese-Built Railways, Old and New

“You seem to have been working for many years for the TAZARA,” curious about the railway, I asked the old electrician. “I’ve been working for this railway for 30 years.” He was repairing wires between carriages.

Indian FM Jaishankar Takes Veiled Swipe at China During Africa Tour

India's top diplomat S. Jaishankar issued a subtle yet direct criticism of China's engagement in Africa during a recent tour of Zanzibar and Tanzania. "Unlike some other countries," he told a meeting of the Indian diaspora community in Dar es Salaam, ...

Environmentalists: China Should Invest More in Renewable Energy Rather Than the East African Crude Oil Pipeline

Even as Uganda is seeking $1.8 billion for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), some Ugandan environmentalists are expressing displeasure with China’s involvement with the project. Their frustration stems from reports that China will finance the project after ...
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